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Evelyn McGreal's World Adventure Comes Full Circle

Jan 17, 2014
[caption id="attachment_93849" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Evelyn McGreal, a resident of Oak Crest retirement community, was honored by the Saudi Arabian government for participating in the Antiquities Homecoming Project. The event took place in Houston, TX. Pictured from left to right are Annise Parker, Mayor of Houston, Ms. McGreal, Saudi Prince Sultan and Abdulrahaman Al-Wuhaib, Saudi Aramco Vice President.[/caption] PARKVILLE, MD---A graduate of the Mercy Hospital nursing school program in 1953, Evelyn McGreal always sought to explore the world.  Answering a job advertisement posted in the New York Times would do just that.  By responding to the American Arabian...

Oak Crest to Commemorate the Civil Rights Movement and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at Breakfast Event

Jan 16, 2014
PARKVILLE, MD---Residents, employees and special guests of Oak Crest, the Erickson Living retirement community, will commemorate the Civil Rights Movement and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at an intergenerational breakfast celebration to be held on January 22nd at 9am. Oak Crest is honored to announce that civil rights activist Rev. Cortly C.D. Witherspoon, Sr. will provide the keynote address.  Rev. Witherspoon serves as Assistant Pastor of Faith Church in Baltimore and President of the Greater Baltimore Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. The event will also feature inspirational musical performances from soloist Devonna B. Rowe as well as the...

Trio of Holiday Projects at Oak Crest Capture Spirit of Season

Dec 19, 2013
PARKVILLE, MD---A trio of seasonal traditions provided residents and employees of Oak Crest with opportunities to help people locally and a world away. Their efforts benefitted the missions of Operation Christmas Child, the Baltimore Area Command of the Salvation Army and a quartet of charities during the community's Day of Giving. Gary Hibbs is the Executive Director of Oak Crest.  "It is so rewarding to see the enthusiasm generated by these projects, planned months ago, take fruition during the holiday season," stated Mr. Hibbs.  "Our mission is to share our gifts to create communities that celebrate life.  Truly, the Oak...

Star-Studded Cast Highlights Oak Crest Benevolent Care Telethon

Dec 12, 2013
PARKVILLE, MD---On December 6th, Oak Crest's "Philanthropy Friday" reached new heights. The Erickson Living retirement community hosted a star-studded cast, including its founder, John Erickson, and ABC 2 News anchor Jamie Costello during its 5th Annual Benevolent Care Fund Telethon.  The event aired on WOCV, Oak Crest's in-house TV station. The telethon raised $59,000 for the fund, according to Todd Sullivan, Director of Philanthropy and event host, bringing its five-year total to $229,000. "This year is a testament to the overwhelming generosity of our residents and community business partners," stated Mr. Sullivan.  "They continue to open their hearts and wallets...

Oak Crest Selected as a Top 100 Agency in Nation by HomeCare Elite™

Nov 22, 2013
PARKVILLE, MD--Oak Crest, the Erickson Living retirement community, announced that it has been named as a Top 100 home health agency in the United States by HomeCare Elite™.  Now in its eighth year, HomeCare Elite identifies the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall, and recognizes the top 25 percent of agencies, based on an analysis of nearly 10,000 organizations nationwide.  HomeCare Elite winners are ranked from July 2012 to July 2013 by an analysis of publicly available performance measures in quality outcomes, best-practice (process measure) implementation, patient experience, quality improvement and consistency and financial performance.  It is the second...

Ann France Is a Real Life Santa for Baltimore-Area Children

Nov 22, 2013
PARKVILLE, MD---When Ann France retired, she was asked by a friend to volunteer with the Baltimore-area Salvation Army. Twenty-seven years later, she is responsible for bringing Christmas cheer to thousands of children in the area. Ms. France, a resident of Oak Crest retirement community, is an Executive Board Member of the Baltimore Area Command Women's Auxiliary.  She is gearing up for her signature project to be held on Tuesday, November 26th from 9am-10am. Under her direction, fifty residents of Oak Crest will fill 400 stockings with toys, games and school supplies for the benefit of Baltimore-area just over an...

Erickson Advantage® Receives Top National Rankings

Nov 19, 2013
BALTIMORE, MD - Erickson Living, developer and manager of Oak Crest retirement community in Parkville, announced today that its health plan, Erickson Advantage®, has received a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) 2014 Medicare Advantage (MA) health plan rating of 5-stars for Part C, and 4.5-stars for Parts C and D combined. The Part C 5-star rating is the highest rating a Medicare health plan can receive for quality in five categories: staying healthy, managing chronic conditions, ratings of responsiveness and care, complaints and appeals, and health plan customer service.  A 5-star rating is considered exceptional. Other CMS 2014...

Oak Crest Veterans Day Tributes Thank the Heroes

Nov 12, 2013
PARKVILLE, MD ---"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."   --John Fitzgerald Kennedy "Our liberties, our values, all for which America stands, is safe today because brave men and women have been ready to face the fire at freedom's front." -Ronald Reagan Those words reflected the theme of Veterans Day 2013 at Oak Crest, the Erickson Living retirement community.  Over 350 residents and guests attended a tribute ceremony on November 11th to commemorate the day in which the United States says "thank you" to...

Oak Crest's Ilse Harrop Inducted into Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame

Nov 5, 2013
PARKVILLE, MD---Inspired by the Lewis Carroll quote "all that is really worth doing is what we do for others," Ilse Harrop has made service her life's mission. That selflessness was recognized when Ms. Harrop, a resident of Oak Crest retirement community, received induction into the Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame on October 17th at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie. She was part of the Class of 2013, comprised of thirty-six (36) citizens from across the state.  The Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame is a nonprofit organization that seeks to immortalize men and women and to record their...

Canine Cup III a Dog-Gone Good Time at Oak Crest

Oct 31, 2013
PARKVILLE, MD---"Zoey," "Mugsie" and "Raven" might not be names familiar to those who know Oak Crest.  But for one day, they and their canine buddies took center stage at the Erickson Living retirement community's Canine Cup III on Friday, October 25th. Thirteen dogs and their owners, a mix of residents and employees, participated in a friendly competition that featured four categories:  Best Dressed, Best Kiss, Best Trick and Best In Show.  Over 120 attendees were treated to a celebration of man's best friend. A three-judge panel scored the contest using the specially-designed 4-Paw Scoring System; the judges were Gary Hibbs,...